According to NBC, a free-press advocacy group said that a hatred of media in several areas of society is reflected through the death of many journalists around the world, including columnist Jamal Khashoggi. In 2018, at least 63 journalists were killed while doing their jobs. This is a 15 percent increase from 2017, said Reporters Without Borders.
The world’s five deadliest countries for journalists include India, Mexico, and now, the United States. The three most deadly countries for journalists are Afghanistan, Syria, and Mexico.
"The hatred of journalists that is voiced ... by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground, and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists," Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said.
Khashoggi, who criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His death incited worldwide backlash.
The deaths of five Capital Gazette newspaper employees by shooting in Annapolis, Maryland granted the U.S. its place in the list of the worlds’ five deadliest countries for journalists for the first time.
Reporters Without Borders say that 348 journalists are being detained worldwide, compared with 326 in 2017. Over half of the world’s imprisoned journalists are in China, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
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